COVID-19, and the resulting economic downturn, means affordable housing options are needed now more than ever. A loss of work and income will deeply affect those who struggle to pay for housing. And for those who are housing insecure, there may be few options available for staying healthy or sheltering in place.
The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University provides a COVID-19 page with official resources and their own research.
Housing is a key part of one’s personal safety net. Without a stable and secure (and affordable) place to live, sheltering in place and keeping infectious diseases at bay is difficult, if not impossible.
The county does have financial and counseling resources for those facing eviction, foreclosure, or the threat of homelessness.
Even without a mandate for affordable home construction, there are creative ways municipal governments can work toward providing short-term housing relief and look to long-term strategies to boost affordable options.